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On Thursday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden had rescinded an emergency order issued by former President Donald Trump in order to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, as reported by The Hill.

Biden expounded on his decision in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, describing his predecessor’s move as unnecessary and a waste of tax dollars.

“I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted… I have also announced that it shall be the policy of my administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall, and that I am directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to that end,” the letter read.

The border wall was one of the signature promises of Trump’s victorious 2016 presidential campaign. He declared the emergency order in 2019 in response to the difficulty in securing further funding from Congress. The order expanded limits on taxpayer funding and allowed the former president to divert funds from other agencies to the border wall construction project. The decision led to challenges in court from environmental groups and the American Civil Liberties Union in an effort to block the $2.5 billion in Department of Defense spending that had been diverted.

During Biden’s first day in the White House, he issued an executive order that paused all construction and questioned the rationale of the emergency order. Before rescinding the order, the Biden administration also requested that the Supreme Court cancel a scheduled hearing on the border wall’s legality.

“The President has directed the Executive Branch to undertake an assessment of ‘the legality of the funding and contracting methods used to construct the wall,’” read Biden’s appeal.

The request was granted.

This is the latest move by Biden to roll back legislation and rulings by the Trump administration related to immigration and the southern border of the United States.

The president signed three executive orders on February 2 that addressed some of the more controversial efforts during Trump’s time in office.

One of the orders created a task force with the responsibility of reunifying children who have been separated from their parents during their entry into the United States.

Another order seeks an alternative to the suspended Migrant Protection Protocols — better known as “Remain in Mexico” — that require non-Mexican migrants to stay in Mexico until their immigration court date in the United States.
(INQUISITR)

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Mexican-Made Golden Trump Statue Turns Heads At CPAC

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A golden statue of former President Donald Trump that caused a stir at the annual US gathering of conservatives was made in Mexico,  a country he frequently ‘demonized.’

The statue is large, complete with a golden head and Trump’s trademark suit jacket with a white shirt and red tie. 

Video and pictures of the tribute being wheeled through the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, went viral on Friday.

The conference is seen as a vital gathering of the Republican right, and this year has become a symbol of Trump’s continued grip on the party, despite losing the 2020 presidential election. 

The artist behind the massive statue, Tommy Zegan, has revealed that it was ironically made in Mexico, a country that has been the target of Trump’s policies over the years. 

“It was made in Mexico,” Zegan told Politico’s Playbook newsletter. 

Zegan spent over six months crafting the 200lb fiberglass statue with the help of three men in Rosarito, where he then transported it to Tampa, Florida, where it was painted in chrome, then hauled it from there to CPAC.

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‘It was sabotage’: McConnell ally tells CNN that Trump destroyed GOP’s Senate majority

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The feud between former President Donald Trump and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shows no signs of slowing down, and a McConnell ally on Thursday said the former president was to blame for costing Republicans the Senate.

Scott Jennings, a CNN political commentator who has also worked on McConnell’s Senate campaigns, told the network that it’s clear that Trump was to blame for his party’s losses in the two Georgia Senate runoff elections.

“It’s pretty clear what happened: a whole bunch of Trump people didn’t turn out because, shockingly, they were listening to Donald Trump when he told them their votes didn’t count anymore,” Jennings said. “It was a sabotage and it was obvious to anybody who has even a little bit of political professional expertise.”

Jennings went on to say that the Republican Party cannot win if it simply becomes a Donald Trump personality cult.

“It’s pretty clear that Donald Trump overall was a net drag on the Republicans because we don’t control anything now,” he said. “He lost the White House, and that was before January the 6th. And so what I think the party has to do is find a way to hold the coalition together.”
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Hillary Clinton effortlessly mocked Trump after his Atlantic City hotel was demolished

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Much like his presidency, Donald Trump’s real estate empire is now starting to crumble around him as evident by the demolition of his former hotel and casino in New Jersey, known as Trump Plaza on Wednesday.

The once luxury 32-story complex situated on the Atlantic City boardwalk had fallen into disrepair and ruin after being closed to the public in 2014 after suffering a downturn in profits at the turn of the century combined with Trump filing for bankruptcy.

The implosion of the building was watched by thousands online and there was much schadenfreude going around as another piece of Trump’s image came tumbling down.

It was quite the moment and we’re just sorry that Trump isn’t allowed on Twitter anymore so we could have gotten his thoughts on the destruction of his old casino.

That being said we do still have Hillary Clinton, who in many ways, isn’t shy of sharing her opinions on social media, especially when it comes to her former presidential election opponent.

Quote retweeting a video of the implosion, Clinton added a simple wave emoji in response proving once again that she is the undisputed champion of succinct Trump trolling.

In January, she mocked the former president after he was permanently suspended from Twitter by using a call back to a 2016 tweet of hers where she told him to ‘delete your account.’

In regards to his demolished hotel, Atlantic City Council President George Tibbit called it an “end of an era” for the boardwalk which is now going to go under redevelopment.
(Independent)

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